Are They Worth The Hype? : Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks

Are They Worth The Hype? : Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks

**Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by this company. All products mentioned were purchased by me. This review is solely my opinion.**

Hi guys!

I’m back again with another beauty review! By now you all know I’m a lipstick junkie. ( see my blog post: Confessions of a Lipstick Junkie)

I used to stick to my Mac lipsticks and a few drugstore brands. Then I ventured into the world of Kat Von D liquid lipsticks and I was sold on the whole liquid lipstick phenomenon! Now, I’m a person, when I find a brand I love, I wear the heck out of the brand. But with Kat Von D, I think I have purchased all the shades that I know I will wear and wear well! Being the YouTube addict that I am, ( lol) I do watch a lot of beauty vloggers and it appears that everybody (and their mama)  had something to say about the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks. Some were positive reviews and some not so positive. I’m the kind of person who likes to try something and form my own opinions. So recently, I went out and purchased three of the Stila liquid lipsticks to try. Before I share my opinions, lets discuss the product itself. (These details were found on the Sephora.com website.)

What is It: 
A highly pigmented, liquid lipstick that’s weightless on the lips and delivers long-lasting coverage.

What it does:
This creamy, full-coverage lip color provides intense hydration with bold, long-lasting pigment that stays put for up to six hours of continuous wear. Featuring an array of matte and shimmer shades, this lip formula imparts a comfortable texture that feels lightweight on lips, and its color-rich formula does not bleed or transfer. Enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil, Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick hydrates and softens lips so they look and feel beautiful.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What’s is also cool about this product is that they are free of synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, GMOs, and triclosan!

So the first shade I purchased was Patina. Patina is one of the most popular shades that Stila has. It is always sold out online and when my local Sephora carried the Stila brand ( they now do not 😦 ) it was always sold out there do. However,my local Shopper’s Drug Mart ( that’s a Canadian drug store similar to a CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid for my American subscribers) has a beauty boutique inside and alas my beloved Patina was there! Score!

Patina is described as a dusty rose shade with a matte finish. I must say on all the beauty blogs this shade attracted me the most as I saw many women of colour ( similar to my complexion) wearing this colour and rocking it! I swatched it on my arm and loved it… then I put it on my lips with no liner and my lord was it AWFUL! So I tried it again, lining and filling in my lips with MACs chestnut lip liner and voila! I was in love! This shade is similar to Kat Von D’s “Lolita” but where Lolita has more of a brown undertone, Patina has more of a pinky mauve undertone. Both are equally gorgeous.

Patina

The next shade I purchased was “Fiery”. Fiery is described as a deep red shade. I struggled with choosing this shade because there is another shade called “Beso” which is described as a “true red”. Upon some discussion with my awesome Beauty consultant Kat, we decided that Fiery would suit me better. Again I lined my lips with my chestnut liner and was pleased! I found that this shade had a little more of an orange undertone, but I do believe if I line my lips with Mac’s cherry lip liner or with the Ruby Woo lip liner, this lip would be perfect! I do think I would like to try Beso at some point 🙂

Fiery

Finally the last shade I purchased was totally on a whim! Stila recently released five new summer shades and one of those shades was a BEAUTIFUL violet shade called “Como”. Now you all know,I am a sucker for a purple lip! When Kat swatched that on my hand I was sold! This shade reminds me of an even more pigmented version of Mac’s Heroine lipstick. ( Yes I know all of my references are Mac! What can I say, I’m a Mac girl at heart!) It’s also, really similar to Kat Von D ‘s  L.U.V. . I’ve worn this shade twice already! Once I paired this with Mac’s Nightmoth lip liner and I also wore as a stand alone! Love it! I do reckon I’ll be wearing this shade for most of the summer! 😛

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Como
Como on the top, LUV on the bottom…

Now that I’ve shared which colours I picked up, I would like to share the pros and cons of the product.

Pros
– super pigmented
– formula is not too drying
– easy to apply because of the doe foot applicator
– long-lasting to an extent ( meaning if you are not eating anything greasy lol)
– true to colour ( what you see in the tube is actually pretty accurate to the colour of the product).

Cons:
– stains easily ( if you mess up, you will have to start over)
– if you lips are not moisturized prior to using them, they show every imperfection and your lips will flake.
– expensive  ( Canadian Dollars $29)
-Stila stay all day is actually more like Stila stay until you eat pizza 😦  or drink from a straw 😦
– Takes quite awhile to dry

Bottom line: I’m not super in love with these lip stains. Perhaps I didn’t let them dry enough before I tested their durability. Maybe I’m just partial to the Kat Von D formula which I find can literally last through anything, greasy pizza and all lol! I do love how pigmented they are and I also love that the formula is a little less drying than Kat Von D’s formula. I do love Como though, But other than that, I’m not super in love with them. Would I purchase them again…. meh…. LOL! I do want to try Beso though, I feel like that shade is the perfect red lipstick that I have been looking for! 🙂

Beso

Have you guys tried the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks? What do you think? Let me know!

xoxo

Beauty Blog: Favorite Drug Store Foundation Ever!

Beauty Blog: Favorite Drug Store Foundation Ever!

Hey guys,

So this is just a quick product review on my absolute favorite drugstore foundation. It is the Covergirl “Ready, Set Gorgeous ” Foundation in the shade 320. I absolutely love this foundation.  Here are the pros and cons of this product:

Pros:

  • Oil free: Great for dry skin and even for combination/oily skin like I have . It does not add extra oil to the skin at all.
  • It blends easily.
  • Does not clog your pores.
  • Quite a bit of product in the tube
  • Eye-catching packaging
  • Easily resealable
  • Very inexpensive ( 8-10 dollars )
  • Feels very light on the skin

Cons:

  • You have to use quite a bit of product to achieve full coverage. This is a minimum to medium coverage product
  • Limited colour selection ( only 12 shades)

How I Apply:

First I begin with a primer. I usually stick to the “Baby Skin” primer by Maybelline.

  1. Place a dime size amount  of product on your my finger and dab it on to face and upper neck area.
  2. Next, I use a flat top brush or a stippling brush and blend it using short staccato motions followed by circular motions to completely allow product to be evenly distributed.
  3. Lastly, If it is going to be a particularly high activity day, I will set it with a translucent powder.

I highly recommend this product for anyone who is looking for an inexpensive foundation, or even for beginners who are looking for a product to start on their foundation journey! Till next time….

xoxo

Are They Worth The Hype?: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Are They Worth The Hype?: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

**Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by this company. All products mentioned were purchased by me. This review is solely my opinion.**

Ok guys, you know I’m a lipstick junkie. But I don’t really ever branch out from the world of MAC cosmetics or the occasional drug store lip product. But then.. Oh then, I was introduced to Kat Von D’s liquid lip stains and man where have they been all my life????!!! I am 150,000 percent completely obsessed with this lipstick line!

This line includes 12 shades that range from a light dusty rose shade to a deep reddish-burgundy shade.I started out with buying one shade and ended up returning to purchase 3 more. This will be a quick and honest review on this product line. The Everlasting Lip-stains are described on the Sephora website as such:

.What it is:
A long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.

What it does:
This innovative Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is infused with vitamins A, C, and E for added hydration. The next-generation formula gives lips long-lasting wear and high-pigment color with a smooth matte finish.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens

The first lip stain that I purchased was Lolita. Lolita is described as a dusty rose shade. Basically its your quintessential pinkish nude. If you are trying to achieve the “Kylie Jenner” lip this is a product that can help you do that. This can be worn with or without a lip liner. I wear it with Mac’s chestnut lip liner because I am of a darker complected skin tone, it helps to transition this colour better. I absolutely love this shade. It is a shade I can wear seamlessly in the day or glam it up with a va va voom eye and transition into night.

Lolita
Lolita
The next one I purchased ( because I’m a sucker for a purple lip) was L.U.V. This is a rich violet shade very similar to the ever so popular shade by Mac “Heroine”. This needs no liner. Applies seamlessly 🙂

L.U.V.
L.U.V.
Next, I purchased  Bauhau5 ( yes I spelled that correctly and no I have NO IDEA how to pronounce that correctly 😛 ) Described as a deep raspberry shade very similar to MAC’s  “Flat Out Fabulous”  which is probably one of my favorite lip shades ever! This shade can be worn independently but i like to play around with it and occasionally i pair it with Nightmoth lip liner ( MAC) or Vino or Chestnut lip liners ( also by Mac)

Bauhau5
Bauhau5
Lastly,i purchased Outlaw a brick-red shade. I was a little conflicted on this shade. It was pretty similar to Ruby Woo but even more drying ( if that is even possible. Anyone who has worn Ruby Woo  will find this hard to believe.) It wasn’t my favorite purchase. I then tried it again using a red lip liner all over my lip first  before applying it and it was a little bit better. 

Outlaw
Outlaw
So let me break down the pros and cons of this product

Pros:

  • super long-lasting ( I mean it takes divine intervention to remove these!)
  • extremely pigmented
  • non-transferable
  • compliments all if not most complexions

Cons:

  • very drying formula ( easily rectified with a lip scrub/vaseline primer prior to application. If you don’t moisturize your lips beforehand, it will show every crack and crevice on your lips.
  • You need a very steady hand to apply because if you make a mistake, you will have to start all over. It will stain your face too lol
  • Really wasn’t a big fan of Outlaw( brick-red shade) didn’t last very long, the only one that feathered and faded.

I like these lipstains much more than the NYX lip creams which have a similar formula. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone to try.  I would like to add “Vampira” to my collection but that colour STAYS sold out online in store… le sigh lol :p I do have the shade Vampira in the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick- same shade different formula. I want the Everlasting Lipstick formula… yeah so that’s that! Two Thumbs up on this product!

xoxo

Really… What is man…. RIP

Really… What is man…. RIP

Just heard some pretty devastating news… another young life cut short. Another mother without her child tonight….

It is so sad that in my short time on this earth (I’m in my late twenties) I’ve had to bury so many friends, acquaintances and family members. It would be one thing If these young people were passing away from terminal illnesses or freak accidents… But no, they are dying because of senseless acts of violence or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

My heart is broken thinking about these young people my friends: Chantel Dunn; a York University student hit by a bullet while picking up a friend from a community center.( 1986-2006) My friend Niala, murdered by a jealous boyfriend ( who then later killed himself)( 2002) Jonathan Romero, murdered in an unprovoked fight ( 2003) Xavier,(murder: 2007)  Jason (murder: 2009), Polo ( murder: 2008), Devon (murder: 2010),Ricky( murder: 2013), Brandon ( murder 2010) Kesean ( a little 9-year-old boy struck by a bullet while sitting in his living room) Marley( murder 2014) Aaron ( murder 2015)

Of all those names, six of those young men were fathers, present and active. Now their children will never get the chance to really know and remember them. It’s so sad. Justice has been served in only half of these cases.

Forgive me, I’m not saying this to be blasphemous or disrespectful, but what kind of society do we live in where people feel like It’s okay to take another man or woman’s life over some foolishness?? Like, where are you getting these guns and weapons and why is it normal for that to be the acceptable  way to settle a dispute? Why is okay to put your hands on person to the point where their heart can no longer stand the trauma.. What kind of world is this?Why are parents burying their children? I’m not yet a mother, but is this a world that I really want to bring life into? Lord have mercy… and what makes it worse all of the people on this list are of Caribbean/Canadian or Hispanic descent…. lives cut short by people of Caribbean/Canadian descent…. makes no sense to me. Ignorance at its finest…

I pray that these families find peace. I know I think of Chantel all the time and all the times we’ve missed out on as friends. She will never hold my children, she won’t stand up beside me on my wedding day.Nothing! It still burns me 9 years later. They say time heals all wounds? Yeah right! It merely softens the blow and makes it easier to bear. But this wound is still very much tender.

I’m one of the lucky ones because I know a peace that surpasses all understanding.( Philippians 4:7) I may never understand God’s plan, but I have peace because I trust His plan..

So’s here’s my Public service announcement:

Put down the weapons and pick up a book

Put down your fists and pick up a book

Get out of the “traphouses” and get into the school houses!

Make something of yourselves! Don’t become a victim to this  society. Prove them wrong. Be the person you were created to be…

Lastly, Love on those around while they are here. Time is not promised to anyone. Life is too short to waste… So to all my friends out there.. I LOVE YOU

Though I’m missing you
(Although I’m missing you)
I’ll find a way to get through
(I’ll find a way to get through)
Living without you
‘Cause you were my sister ( brother), my strength and my pride
Only God may know why, still I will get by

Oh, there were so many things
That we could have shared
(uh-huh)
If time was on our side, ooh yeah
(Time was on our side)
Now that you’re gone, I can still feel you near
So I’ll smile with every tear I cryHow sweet were the closest of friends

But I’ll wait for the day when I’ll see you again
I’ll see you again….

lyrics that read so true….

xoxo

Confessions of a Lipstick Junkie…

Confessions of a Lipstick Junkie…

Would you believe me if I told you that 18 months ago I didn’t even wear lipstick?? Just a tinted gloss here or there and good old faithful Vaseline.( chalk that up to a good old-fashioned Pentecostal upbringing 🙂 )  However, here at my local Mac store, if you return 5 empty plastic containers , you receive a free lipstick as compensation. It is part of their recycling project. ( pretty sweet deal and a pretty clever way to keep you buying their products) Enter the lipstick novice… I mean aside from creeping in to my mothers bathroom to sneak and use her Wet n Wild 508a lipstick at approximately age 12.. I had no experience in lipstick choices. ( side note: I didn’t even wear any makeup other than powder, eyeliner and like and the occasional smoky purple eye up until a year ago  lol 😦 ) sigh…. So as I’m standing there looking at least 100 lipsticks, I just picked one... the most obnoxious, bright and bold red… Ruby Woo! I didn’t swatch it ( because I didn’t know what that meant lol) I just took it home and tried it on and from that moment on I WAS HOOKED!

Enter YouTube. The reason i know anything about makeup and how to apply it. Shout out to some of my favorite “gurus” : Itsjudytime, Itsmyrayeraye, vickylogan, jamaicanmakeupartist, beautybyjj, jaylakoriyan, loverforfashion, michellephan, misscharmsie, msroshposh, patricabright ( the list goes on and on) Check them out! show them some love over there in YouTube world !

So in the last year and a half ,ive grown quite a healthy collection and maybe a unhealhthy obsession (just kidding 🙂 ) of lipsticks/lip stains. Most of them come from the Mac family. So I’ve compiled a summary of some of my faves! Hope you enjoy!

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( l. to r. ) MAC Fresh Brew, MAC Smoked Purple, Kat Von D Vampira, Mac Ruby Woo, Mac Rebel, Mac Heroine, Mac Flat Out Fabulous, Mac Girl About Town and Mac Up The Amp

Fresh Brew: Described as coffee coloured. Lustre finish. I usually pair this is with a brown lipliner such as MAC chestnut

Smoked purple: A deep dark, eggplant purple shade ( one of my favorite fall/winter shades) I always pair this with Mac Nightmoth lipliner

Kat Von D Vampira: A rusty reddish-brown matte finish lipstick. Worn as a stand alone colour.

Ruby Woo: A blue based vivid red. Matte finish. ( Ruby Woo has an extremely drying formula so please moisturize before you use) Best results come when a lip liner is used. Really gives a red lip a crisp finish.I suggest the ruby woo lip liner or chestnut or nightmoth.

Rebel: My first purple! Satin finish.Very flattering when paired with Vino lip liner from Mac.

Heroine: YASSSSSSSS! ( sorry i had to go there lol) Matte finish. Probably in my top 3 favorite lipsticks ever. Matte finish, bright purple lipstick. I wear alone and have also paired it with chestnut, vino or nightmoth lipliner

Flat Out Fabulous: A bright pink lipstick with plum undertones.Matte finish. It seems to be my lipstick of choice these past few months 🙂 I’ve recently begun pairing this with nightmoth as well and I really like the results.

Girl About Town: A blue based fuchsia pink. One of my originals. Nice day time pink. Amplified creme finish.

Up the Amp:  Another amplified creme finish. A lavender purple shade. I usually wear this alone. ( Also another one of my top faves)

I think these lipstick shades compliment all skin tones from very fair to very deep. Any lipstick can work on anyone. It’s all in how you modify it to fit you!

Until next time,

XOXO

Flat Out Fabolous
Flat Out Fabolous
Ruby Woo
Ruby Woo